We are challenged with an interesting quandary in our society. We have an abundance of stuff. We love to collect our stuff. Some of us are cute and cluttered self-proclaimed "pack rats" and others of us take it to an extreme, as depicted on the TV show, "Hoarders".
Sometimes too much stuff or the wrong stuff (broken stuff, unused stuff, unwanted gifts stuff, etc.) fills our spaces and our lives. Some artistic or creative types are known to have collections of things that stem from their creative practice. I know several people who collect vintage cameras out of their deep knowledge and interest in their photography practice. Some people collect fabrics or papers. Some collect knick-knacks or typewriters.
I have been really thinking through my own personal collections recently. I would rather my home space and work space not be cluttered with things I do not care for or use; things that do not serve my life purpose or creative purpose. I would rather be surrounded with collections of joy. Collections I love that do not bring me down and clutter my space and my mind. Though I am guilty of over-collecting in all the wrong categories, I seek to re-callibrate my collection habits, so that creative thoughts and habits can flow.
Below you see a sampling of some of one of my joyful recent collections, photos of sunsets. Who doesn't love a sunset?
What do you collect? Do you love it or do you collect it out of habit? Are your collections serving you and nurturing you? or are they bring you down and cluttering your space both physically and mentally? Which collections could you give up on and which ones could you nurture?
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